U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, will field phone calls and written questions from his McLennan County constituents next week in the place of town hall meetings.

Residents of McLennan, Falls, Freestone, Leon, Limestone, Milam and Robertson counties can participate starting at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will be conducted over the phone, and a live video broadcast will be available at flores.house.gov/liveforum, and on Flores’ Facebook page.

Participants will be able to ask questions through the caller queue and through the comments section of the video feed. Constituents can sign up to be added to the call list by visiting Flores.house.gov.

Handbell choir

Baylor University’s 13-member handbell choir will present its annual Christmas program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Roxy Grove Hall, 624 Speight Ave., under the direction of Bob Avant. The event is free and open to the public.

MPO meeting

The Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization and Waco Transit System Inc. are hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bellmead Civic Center, 3900 Parrish St.

The organizations are conducting a study to evaluate the potential for rapid transit in the city of Waco. The public is invited to provide input in the planning process to design a transit system that best serves the community.

Chronic disease class

The Area Agency on Aging is hosting a chronic disease self-management program every Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Falls Community Hospital conference room, 322 Coleman St. in Marlin.

Participants must register by calling 292-1855. There will be six classes, starting Thursday and running through Jan. 25.

Fruitcakes for sale

United Methodist Men are selling Collin Street Bakery fruitcakes and pecans at the corner of Lake Air and Cobbs drive, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays until Dec. 23.

All proceeds benefit local charities.

Jazz concert

The Waco Jazz Orchestra will have a concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Ball Performing Arts Center at McLennan Community College.

Admission is free.

Call 299-8283 for more information.

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